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The Link

The magazine for the linked congregations and community of the West Kirk of Calder and Polbeth Harwood


Rev David A Albon BA MCS 01506 870460 The Manse, 27 Learmonth Crescent West Calder EH55 8AF theminister@west-kirk-polbeth-harwood.co.uk West Kirk

Polbeth Harwood

Session Clerk Stewart MacRae 01506 872486

Session Clerk Marian Kinsman 01506 871125

23 Westmuir Road West Calder EH55 8EX

12 Langside Crescent Polbeth EH55 8UW

sessionclerk@westkirkofcalder.co.uk

sessionclerk@polbethharwood.co.uk

Treasurer William Calder 01506 871281

Treasurer Tom Griffin 01506 438038

25 Harburn Road West Calder EH55 8AJ

60 Easter Bankton Murieston Livingston EH54 9BE

treasurer@westkirkofcalder.co.uk

treasurer@polbethharwood.co.uk

News Editor Colin Dempster 01506 414565 140 Staunton Rise Dedridge West Livingston EH54 6PA thelinkeditor@west-kirk-polbeth-harwood.co.uk

www.west-kirk-polbeth-harwood.co.uk


Reflections “Rejoice with me!” he cries. “I have found my lost sheep.” “For this son of mine was dead and has come back to life; he was lost and is found.” and the festivities began. Luke 15:6-7, 24-25 It is lovely, isn’t it, to look forward at this time to the longer days, warmer weather, and vibrant colour in parks and gardens. The grass is green, the cherry trees are in blossom, sheep graze with watchful eyes while their lambs explore their exciting new world, and families are planning reunions with relatives from distant places. Old memories will be recalled with laughter. Old tales will be retold starting with “Dae ye mind I’ the time?” New stories, narrated by excited grandchildren, will be listened to with avid attention – “Wait till you hear this, granny! Come and see this, granddad.” Yes, reunions are happy events. We made a journey this week to see our family. The traffic was light, the sun was bright, the travelling easy. But only three miles from our destination, things went wrong. Each minor road and farm track looked alike. We were lost and could not find our son’s new home. The atmosphere in the car cooled and the “better half” fell into stony silence while I began to worry – out loud, as usual! Almost an hour later, we stopped a postman who was able to reassure us. We had been circling within a mile of the farmhouse; so, feeling a bit foolish but greatly relieved, we found the place and were reunited with our family. Calm was restored and the latest news came tumbling out. We were introduced to the newest member of the family – a velvet brown Shetland foal, Rollo, whose mother, like all mothers, was extremely wary of us and protective of her son. His arrival was a complete shock and a time of much rejoicing. This time of hope is wisely chosen by the BBC to present its programme highlighting the Missing Persons Charity. The gentle voice and calm features of Sally Magnusson narrates some of the most harrowing of tales: stories of prodigal sons, daughters, husbands or wives, who have disappeared from their homes, lost without trace, their journeys untraceable, their reasons often obscure. One story this year concerned a devoted husband and father whose company had changed hands and whose new aggressive management style had brought him unbearable stress. The last time he was seen was on Christmas Day at an Anglican Church service in Liverpool, not his own denomination, He had obviously found refuge there. We were deeply moved by this family’s great love and concern for their lost father. In those weeks after the first Easter, the disciples must have rejoiced greatly at the return of Jesus into their midst. Hopes must have run high for the future. Life must have been good for all of his friends. The festivities must have been wonderful. At this time of the year, it would be good to remember those families who are longing for the return of their lost, loved ones. Let us hope and pray that they will be reunited soon, their pain removed, their joy complete. Ann ** Service Time Change ** Please note that the Ecumenical Celebration of Pentecost service this evening (Sunday 4th June) at Our Lady & St Bridget’s RC Church will commence at 6 pm rather than the previously advertised time.

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West Kirk Fundraising Group Report The choir and friends had a very successful Candy Bar in May, raising the wonderful sum of £634. Very many thanks to all who helped in any way. The buffet lunch run by our group will have passed by the time you read this and we hope that you enjoyed it. The Candy Bars have been very well supported and our thanks go to everyone who comes along. As well as raising much-needed funds to help redecorate the Church, they are opportunities to meet socially too. There will be a break until Saturday 2nd September when we hope to welcome you for coffee, lunch or both. Jill Murray (Convener)

Concert at the West Kirk

Willliamston Primary School Choir conducted by Eleanor Howat and

The Aurin Girls Choir from Kecskemet in Hungary conducted by László Durányik An award winning choir having won major prizes in competitions in Hungary and worldwide.

Singing a variety of repertoire including Hungarian folk song arrangements. Monday 19th June 2006 at 7.30 pm in the West Kirk. The concert should last for around one hour. There will be no charge, but there will be a retiring collection to help towards the cost of the choir's extensive travel.

Lucinda Geoghegan

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Veterans’ Badge

www.veteransagency.mod.uk Did you serve in HM Armed Forces up to and including 31st December 1954? Men and women who served in HM Armed Forces up to and including 31st December 1954 are entitled to a Veterans’ Badge. If you served between 1955 and 1959 you will be entitled to a badge with effect from 27th June 2006. It is regrettable that the badge cannot be issued posthumously. The badge is a survivors’ badge, which is to be worn on civilian attire.

As part of a community you will have experience of the varied contributions made by different groups, which make up our society. You may already know that the Government are promoting a new Veterans’ Badge, launched by the Ministry of Defence. The purpose of this is to help people recognise Veterans and their contribution to the defence of our communities and our way of life in Britain. Unfortunately, the publicity, and thus awareness, of this award has been inadequate and therefore the take-up in this constituency is well below what would be expected. I am sure that most of us know at least one person who would appreciate this award. I hope that you will agree with me that the Veterans’ Badge is a fitting tribute to those who helped defend our country in its darkest hours and trust you will make every effort to promote it to those in our community who clearly deserve public recognition.

Applications are available to download online or are available in both Polbeth Harwood and the West Kirk. These should be returned to Jim Devine MP, Suite 5, Pentland House, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 6NG. _____________________ The Link Issue 9 June 2006

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Rota Information

West Kirk Crèche Rota

West Kirk Flower List

Note: Please check dates and arrange a substitute if necessary.

If you would like to give flowers one week, please add your name to the list in the church vestibule.

21st May

Rhoda Lawton

Shirley MacRae

28th May

Olive Gibson

Melanie Dickson

4th June

Val Occardi

11th June

Louise Holden

Margaret Farquhar

18th June

Rhoda Lawton

Shirley MacRae

There will be no crèche over the summer months

Arrangers: If you will be on holiday on the rota dates, please arrange a swap, and if this proves difficult, please contact Margaret Greenhorn 01506 871139 for help in finding someone.

Given

Arranged

Delivered

18th June

Rhoda Lawton

Rhoda Lawton

Irene Grindlay

25th June

Gail Stewart

Evelyn Paterson

Kathleen Black

Rosanna Rabaeijs

Moira McRae

Margo McEwan & Margaret Douglas

Margaret Ann Smith

Katie Albon

Ivy Johnstone

2nd July 9th July

Kathleen Black

16th July

West Kirk Tea Rota Contact Olive Gibson 01506 871291 Note: Tea Makers, please bring milk. 18th June

Jim Allan

Juanita Allan

25th June

May Wyse

Olive Gibson

2nd July

Margaret Lamb

A N Other

9th July

Irene Grindlay

Margaret Rennie

West Kirk Duty Rota Door Duty

Car Run

18th June

Beryl Henderson

Alan Jessiman

Irene Grindlay

Richard Bryce

25th June

Stewart Munro

Jill Murray

Jim Milne

Derek Burns

2nd July

Evelyn Paterson

Alison McNaught

Christine Nicholl

Hugh Clarkson

9th July

Juanita Allan

George Stott

Hazel Tod

Robert Hawes

16th July

Angus Baxter

Jim Allan

May Arnott

Beryl Henderson

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Rota Information

Polbeth Harwood Cleaning Rota

Polbeth Harwood Café Rota

18th June

Ena Prentice

David Prentice

21st June

Wilma Dickson

Jessie Kelly

25th June

Rita Griffin

Tom Griffin

28th June

Frank Mabbutt

Betty Upton

Janet Walker

2nd July

Dot

Norma

5th July

Jimmy Greer

Maisie Baird

Janet Russell

9th July

Evelyn Cowie

Ann Weston-Lewis

12th July

Effie Halliday

Grace Peace

16th July

Mary Reid

Josephine Greer

19th July

Gordon Erskine

Chrissie McCormack

Polbeth Harwood ‘Stewart Court Taxi’ Rota 18th June

Esther Hamilton

Polbeth Harwood Duty Rota Door Duty

Margaret Marr

25th June 2nd July

Charlie Sturrock

18th June

Hazel Speirs

Linda Eardley

Margaret Hampson

William McCallum

9th July

David Prentice

25th June

Jessie Kelly

Tom Kelly

Ann Watson

William Watson

16th July

Kenneth Mackay

2nd July

Marian Kinsman

Betty Macauley

Janet Russell

Allan Mercer

9th July

Chrissie McCormack

Esther Hamilton

Moira Mushet

16th July

Anna Muirhead

Tom Walker

Betty Upton

Margaret Dempster

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Great truths that little children have learned … • • • • • • • • • •

No matter how hard you try, you can't baptise cats When your Mum is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato You can't trust dogs to watch your food Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts The best place to be when you're sad is Grandpa's lap

Contributions for the next edition … Contributions for the next edition of The Link Magazine should be submitted by the first Sunday after the 15th of the month. For the summer ‘double’ issue, this will be Sunday 18th June.

Contributions can be sent via email, or handed in person to either Rev David Albon or Colin Dempster.

Paws… for thought Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones, and when you accomplish your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. Victor Hugo

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The Link - Issue 9